KUBRADOR

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KUBRADOR

BET COLLECTOR, THE

Jeffrey Jeturian
Philippinen, 2006
Fiction, 98min, OmeU

KUBRADOR

Jeffrey Jeturian
Philippinen, 2006
Fiction, 98min, OmeU

Cast: 
Gina Pareño
Amy
Fonz Deza
Eli
Soliman Cruz
Polizeichef
Nico Antonio
Baste
Jhong Del Rosario
Eric
Johnny Manahan
Jueteng Kassier
Nanding Josef
Priester
Screenplay: 
Ralston Jover
Sound: 
Ditoy Aguila
Nolet Clemente
Camera: 
Roberto Yniquez
Editor: 
Jay Halili
Composer: 
Jerrold Tarog
Decoration: 
Leo Abaya

Production: 
MLR Films Kalaw-Ledesma Condo, 7th Floor 117 Gamboa Street, Legaspi Village 1229 Makati City, Philippinen T 893 7765 mlrfilms@yahoo.com
World Sales: 
Wide Management 40 rue Sainte-Anne 75002 Paris, Frankreich T 1 53 95 04 64 wide@widemanagement.com
Format: 
35 mm
Color

The Bet Collector is a small film with a big heart. The film is carried - and this is no empty statement - by Gina Pareño. Pareño is a Mama Manila the way Anna Magnani was Mama Roma. She is a strong, emotional and down-to-earth woman who is alternately pugnacious and desperate. With fervour, she plays the role of Amelita, the «bet collector» from the title, who collects the tickets for the gambling game jueteng in her slum neighbourhood. Jueteng is very popular, but it is also illegal. The woman who collects the tickets and persuades the gamblers to play again this time needs some very special qualities. Amelita has these qualities, but she is also too good and too religious for this harsh gambling world, and as a result many people abuse her: In the first place her lazy husband lolling in front of the television and basically the whole neighbourhood, including the priest.
This is the seventh film by Jeturian, but The Bet Collector has the freshness of a debut. After several commercial and industrially produced films, Jeturian has now made a small film, and that pays for itself with its great authenticity. (Gertjan Zuilhof)